Hillside walk, 19 January 2015

In the past week, with warmer weather (in the 70s F) following the previous week's rain, we have an upsurge in flowers It's the peak of early spring with honorable ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolius var. planus) appearing on schedule in mid January. Newly blooming this week also is coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia), scrub oak (Quercus sp.), and California fuchsia (Ribes speciosum). Other spring blooms seen last week continue to become more prolific, including golden currant (Ribes aureum var. gracillimum) and wild cucumber (Marah macrocarpa).

The liverworts (Asterella californica) continue their growth with receptacles gradually increasing in size, although still relatively small.

Telegraphweed

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Coast live oak

Wild cucumber

Rattlesnake weed

Rattlesnake weed

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Golden currant

Coast live oak

Coast live oak

Coffee fern

Chaparral yucca

Black sage

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Chaparral currant

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Goldenback fern

A moss

Lemonade berry

Lemonade berry

Scrub oak

Scrub oak

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

California liverwort

California liverwort

Coffee fern

California liverwort

California liverwort

Scrub oak

Wild cucumber

Leafy California buckwheat

Douglas's nightshade

Golden currant

Coast live oak

Coast live oak

Cliff aster

Mulefat

Mulefat

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

 

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